Personal Injury Claims
If you have been injured at work, home, or outdoors, in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a claim against whoever you think is to blame. Without professional help, navigating the legal issues that come with a personal injury claim can be exceedingly difficult and time-consuming for you, so you should hire a solicitor to guide you through it.
Details of the injury
You need to find out as many details concerning the accident as you can because your solicitor needs as much information as possible to come to a decision on whether your claim is valid, and if so, how much you should make a claim for.
When, where and how you were injured is crucial for your solicitor to know in order to assess your chances of compensation. It is vital that you are able to offer a detailed report on your injuries, so if you had to visit a specialist such as a doctor then you should ensure that they provide information on your injury. They will also want the contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident. Insurance policies and being a member of a trade union are two ways in which you may be able to reduce the costs of pursuing legal action against the person/company responsible.
Where possible you should also try to provide proof of any financial losses you experienced due to injury and any other relevant documents which will be able to support your case further. It is necessary to inform your solicitor how much compensation you are prepared to accept so that they can negotiate for you to receive it during the claim.
Before making your claim, it is important that you thoroughly assess the potential costs of certain services and judge it against the likelihood of success. A ‘no win, no fee’ agreement means that if you lose, you are not required to pay the costs of your solicitor, but you may still need to pay for other costs such as Court costs, and the legal costs for the opposing side.
With your solicitor you could list how your case will be funded so you can check that you will not be at risk financially later in the claim.
Making your claim
When you are certain that you want to pursue a claim, your solicitor will be able to take a very active role. All necessary details regarding your injury will be sent to the responsible party, who need to respond to say if they admit or deny being liable. If they admit they are liable then you could settle outside of court.
However, should they deny responsibility then you will receive a hearing date from a judge, which your solicitor will prepare you for extensively to maximise your chances of success. If your case is successful then you will receive your compensation, and you may have to pay your solicitor.